Bottas unaware of interest from other F1 teams, but wants the quickest car available

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Valtteri Bottas has responded to questions about his future with Williams by saying that he wants to be in the quickest car available, suggesting that a move away from the team could be possible.

The Finn was one of the breakout stars of the 2014 Formula 1 season, finishing fourth in the championship with six podium finishes to his name as Williams returned to the front of the field.

His success did not go unnoticed in F1, with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff identifying the Finn as a possible replacement for world champion Lewis Hamilton in the unlikely event of the Briton not extending his contract with Mercedes at the end of 2015.

Bottas has also been tipped as a possible replacement for Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari, with the 2007 world champion suggesting last year that he may walk away from F1 upon the expiration of his contract with the Italian team.

Speaking to the official Formula 1 website, Bottas was quick to shy away from the rumors, but did not reject the suggestion of a move away from the team in the future.

“I don’t know if there is,” he said when asked about possible interest from other teams. “Maybe this is a question for my management. I don’t know anything about Kimi’s contract.

“All I know is that I want to be in the quickest car available. That’s all I can say.”

The truth is that the Williams could well be the quickest car available to Bottas for 2016. Hamilton looks all but certain to sign a new deal with Mercedes, and the Williams FW36 was the second-fastest car for much of last year.

If the team can carry this form into 2015, it is likely that Bottas would be happy to stay put as he goes in search of his maiden F1 victory.

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

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NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.